Francis Kone took immediate action when he saw Martin Berkovec knocked unconscious after the Bohemians goalkeeper collided with a teammate during a Czech Republic soccer match this past weekend. The action saved Berkovec’s life.
Daniel Krch and Berkovec collided after a long ball into the box bounded into the air. Bekovec was knocked out and Kone saw the keeper choking on his tongue so he put his fingers in his opponents mouth to retrieve the tongue as the medical team rushed on the field.
“It wasn’t the first time I have done that. It’s something like the fourth time. Twice in Africa, once in Thailand,” Kone told Czech media after the 0-0 draw between the sides.
“I immediately checked to see if he had swallowed his tongue.”
Both Krch and Berkovec were taken to the hospital during the game and declared fine before the match was over. It was announced to the crowd ot a round of applause.
Posting on his Facebook page, Berkovec sent Kone a personal message.
“I would like to thank Francis Kone for his quick action in saving me during today’s match,” the 28-year-old wrote. “I am grateful for the prompt help, and once again THANK YOU!!!”